Humanities as the Heart of the Matter: Media Roundup
After an extensive program of public hearings, fact-finding and analysis, the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences released its report in June on the vital role of the humanities and social sciences in American society. The Commission was convened by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at the request of a bipartisan group of legislators, who tasked the Commission with developing policy recommendations to preserve and strengthen humanities research and education in the U.S. The release of report, entitled The Heart of the Matter, attracted widespread media attention, and spurred many members of the scholarly community to evaluate the state of affairs of the academic and public humanities.
ACLS President Pauline Yu, one of the Commission's 54 members, discussed the report's recommendations with a variety of news media, including The New York Times and NPR. Yu also joined Commission members John Lithgow; Richard Brodhead, Commission co-chair and president of Duke University; and Senator Mark Warner at events on Capitol Hill designed to highlight the report's findings and policy recommendations.
Some media highlights concerning the report:
Pauline Yu discusses the importance of humanities research with The New York Times.
NPR interviews Pauline Yu and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry about the Commission's report.
The Colbert Report features Richard Brodhead.
The Wall Street Journal covers the release of the report on Capitol Hill.
PBS Newshour interviews actor John Lithgow and Richard Brodhead.
A running list of media mentions can be found at the Commission's website.
Founded in 1919, ACLS has long been an advocate for the humanities in American society, and was a co-sponsor of a 1964 report that spurred the creation of the National Endowment for the Humanities and of a second report in 1985 advocating the reauthorization of NEH. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among its 71 constituent learned societies are two major elements of Council’s work.